Senior Scientist

Richmond, Virginia
Expected salary and benefits to total $80,000 or above
Sep 28, 2016
Oct 28, 2016
Organization Type
Full Time

AmpliPhi Biosciences is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of naturally occurring viruses called bacteriophages (phages) for the treatment of bacterial infections. Phages offer a unique and proven approach to treating a wide variety of bacterial infections, particularly drug-resistant strains of bacteria that are commonly found in the hospital setting.

AmpliPhi is seeking a Senior Research Scientist to work in its Richmond, Virginia laboratory. The successful candidate will be part of a global team developing phages for human and animal antibacterial medicines. The role requires a detailed understanding of phages, microbiology, and molecular biology. You will possess excellent technical and communication skills and a sound business understanding.

Required Education and Experience:

  • PhD in a relevant field plus at least 5 years of experience in the applied use of phages
  • Expertise in phage biology, in vitro and in vivo bacteriophage methods is essential.
  • Laboratory microbiology and molecular biology experience is essential; tissue culture experience is an advantage
  • Expertise in phage sequencing and genomics
  • Previous experience with a variety of Gram-negative and Gram-positive organisms
  • Experience with fermentation and bacteriophage purification processes
  • Experience preparing data and information for regulatory filings for clinical trials
  • Experience writing a range of technical documents including SOPs, protocols and data reports
  • Previous experience working for a biotechnology company and a GMP regulated environment


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required, as is the ability to interface effectively with diverse disciplines
  • Able to work quickly and accurately, responding to challenges and deadlines as they arise
  • A logical and inquisitive mind, and a systematic approach to tasks


  • Conduct basic and applied research towards the development of phage products, including screening, characterization, selection, optimization of therapeutic phages against a variety of human pathogens
  • Manage laboratory activities including instrument calibration and maintenance, and the maintenance of accurate records on all activities
  • Write and review SOPs, protocols, research and development reports, manuscripts
  • Provide in-depth knowledge and advice to research staff and management in areas of scientific research, setting standards, timeframes and priorities
  • Prepare data and narrative information for US and international regulatory filings
  • Work on departmental and interdepartmental teams (eg. Regulatory Affairs, Quality Control, Manufacturing) to develop strategies and oversee project execution
  • Scientific point-of-contact for collaborators
  • Prepare, maintain, and analyze critical stocks of phages and bacteria, including coordination of access and exchange among AmpliPhi sites and collaborators
  • Seek and stay abreast of external advances and technologies than can enhance product development or portfolio
  • Participate in after-hours teleconferences and travel to company sites in Australia/Slovenia as required

Expected salary and benefits to total $80,000 or above.